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Read about it and see lots of pictures on our Hungry Games page!
See more pictures on our Scrapbook!
Aviation Explorer Post 62, sponsored by the East Hill Flying Club in Ithaca, flew down to Elmira on September 15, 2013. The Post members toured the control tower, and were treated to ice cream at the Fixed Base Operator. Our thanks to the EHFC member/pilots who flew the group, to the FAA control tower crew for the great tour, and to Atlantic Aviation for the ice cream!
Attention Scoutmasters & Troop Committee Chairs:
Do you have a Life Scout that is working on or about to work on his Eagle project ? If you do then please make sure this information gets to your Scouts. Lowe's has partnered with the BSA to help provide funding for our Scouts that need help with funding for their Eagle projects. Lowes has started a Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant. Applicants can apply for a $100 Discover gift card that can be used to help fund their project.
To apply for the grant the Scout must first get his project approved
by the Eagle Board of Review. Once his project is approved, he needs to
fill in the attached application and send it to
Mark Shanks - 15 Griffin Dr - Apalachin NY 13732. He can also email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the application has been submitted and accepted by Lowes, the Scout will receive a Grant package and gift certificate in the mail. Instructions on how to activate the card along with all requirements he needs to fulfill will be included. The Lowe's National Eagle Scout Impact Grant runs thru April 2014 and is limited to the first 25 applicants on a first come, first served basis.
Lowes Project Follow-up Volunteer
Hiawatha District Committee member
The best recruiters for your unit are your present members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National has provided forms for Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain 8½x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to prospective recruits!
Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF
Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF
Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF
These brochures describe Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting, and list all of the Packs or Troops in the county with their contact information. They're perfect for handing out at community fairs, school open houses and other events.
Cub Scouts in Cortland County trifold brochure - PDF
Boy Scouts in Cortland County trifold brochure - PDF
Cub Scouts in Tompkins County trifold brochure - PDF
Boy Scouts in Tompkins County trifold brochure - PDF
To: All Volunteers and Employees
From: Roger B. Hoyt, Scout Executive
Date: September 4, 2013
Last week it was announced that the National Council Executive Committee has voted to increase the membership fee for all Scouts and adults from $15 per year to $24 per year, a prorated $2 per month per member. The last fee increase was in 2010.
In a statement to Scout Executive's, Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock said, "In order to continue to deliver the nation's foremost youth program, it is occasionally necessary to increase membership fee so we can offset rising administrative costs. As always, our focus is to build future leaders of this country by combining adventure, educational activities and lifelong values. The fee increase is a step we must take in order to continue providing services you and our members expect and need."
Mr. Brock apologized for the poor timing of this increase since most unit budget planning occurs over the summer.
The Baden-Powell Council Executive Board has no control over the membership fee increase, nor does the council receive any of it to offset the cost of operations.
This increase will take place January 1, 2014 and it will affect all units rechartering in December of 2013.
All Ithaca units who are considering distributing
flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School
District Flyer Policy
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer
For a copy of the flyer, see our Forms and Resources page
I've created a Facebook Group for
Taughannock District - Baden Powell Council. The link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/153733998161241/
Hopefully we can use this to begin relaying events on to District
members. We'll have to see how it works. The email method
seems to be touch and go with our Troop as they overlook emails.
Having another avenue to relay information can't hurt.
Read all about it and see lots more pictures on the 2013 Cub Resident Camp web page
Every Cub Scout Pack that recruits five more Cub Scouts then their 2012 year-end (December 31, 2012) total of registered Cub Scouts, by October 31, 2013, will receive one free Pinewood Derby Car for every registered Cub Scout in the Pack.
The number of registered Cub Scouts that your Pack had on December 31, 2012 will be the base number; then add five to that number to determine the total number of Cub Scouts your Pack must have registered by October 31, 2013 to receive your free Pinewood Derby Cars.
Example: If in December of 2012 the Pack had 22 registered Cub Scouts, then the Pack must have 27 (22 plus 5) registered Cub Scouts by Oct 31, 2013 in order to receive the 27 free Pinewood Derby Cars. If in August of 2013 that Cub Pack has 18 registered Cub Scouts they would need to recruit 9 new Cub Scouts to reach the number of 27 and get the free Pinewood Derby Cars.
Every newly (between March 1, 2013 and October 31, 2013) Chartered Cub Scout Pack , will receive one free Pinewood Derby Car for every registered Cub Scout in the Pack.
In order to qualify for the free Pinewood Derby Cars all Youth Applications must be in the Council office by 5:00 PM Nov 1, 2013, filled out correctly with all the proper information, proper signatures and the correct registration and insurance fees.
If your Cub Pack needs help recruiting, holding a second recruitment night, running a peer to peer recruitment campaign, or for other ideas contact your District Executive at DE@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org for more help and materials.
Do you, or one of the other leaders in your Scout
Troop, need the required Basic Training?
The BSLBT course will be offered on November 9th in Cortland.
In order to be considered trained, a Scout leader (SM or ASM) must take both BSLBT and IOLS.
See the training page for details and a flyer
I just discovered that the entire back catalog of Boys Life and Scouting magazines are available on Google Books. You can browse either publication by issue from these links - Boys Life or Scouting Magazine.
The magazines are searchable, so I did some poking around and found dozens of issues which had local connections. There was everything from Think'n'Grin and Hobby Hows contributions by local Scouts to pictures and articles of, about and by Scouts, Scouters and units in what is today the Taughannock District. You can find an obituary of Louis Agassiz Fuertes, a letter to Pedro from one of our current Unit Commissioners, and the announcements of the first Eagle Scouts in Cortland and Ithaca back in 1914-16.
A complete list of the Boys Life and Scouting magazines I found has been added to the District Forms and Links page - take a look!
Fifty years ago, in Scouting's heyday of 1960-61, the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers of this area held Scout-a-Ramas at Cornell's Barton Hall and Cortland's Armory. We've got a page of pictures of the events, newly discovered in a box of negatives left from the old Council Office.
Is your collection complete? Mine isn't, but it's close. Take a look at this page and see which you're missing (or I am).
See the Advancement page
The requirements were slightly changed, but the merit
badge patch remains the same.
For details see Bryan on Scouting Blog at Scouting Magazine.
In July, 2013, National HQ published the 2013 Guide to Advancement. The Guide to Advancement replaces the publication Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures and is the official Boy Scouts of America source on advancement procedures at all levels - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing.
For more details, see the Advancement Page
See the Advancement Page for the latest merit badges
Moms and dads, prepare the needle and thread! Sustainability and
Cooking merit badges will join the list of Eagle-required merit badges
over the next 14 months, the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive
Board announced on October 17, 2012.
Sustainability, a new merit badge, joins Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option as of July 15, 2013.
Cooking, meanwhile, will become Eagle-required as of
Jan. 1, 2014.
The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will
remain at 21. In other words, instead of 12 Eagle-required
badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout must earn 13 Eagle-required and 8
Game Design - released March 6, 2013
Sustainability - released July 15, 2013
Programming - released July 15, 2013
Digital Technology (replacing Computers) - after 2013 Jamboree
Animation - to be released in 2014
Mining in Society - to be released February 2014
Signs, Signals and Codes - to be released in 2014
Multi-Media - to be released in 2014
Computer Aided Design - estimated for 2014-15
Advanced Computing - estimated for 2014-15
Watch the Activity Page for information!
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca, Lansing Cubs and Cincinnatus.
Long hours, no pay, great job satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week), so act NOW! Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
For council news, see the Baden-Powell Council Website
|Wayne Perry serves as the 34th president of the Boy
Scouts of America.
He began his work with Scouting as a Cubmaster with Pack 601 in Bellevue, Washington, and has filled many positions since then, including Scoutmaster, Exploring Advisor, district committee vice president, district chairman, council vice president, council president (Chief Seattle Council), regional president (Western Region), jamboree regional commissioner (Western Region), member of the National Executive Board, international commissioner, member of the World Scout Foundation Board, and member of the World Scout Committee.
Wayne has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Wayne is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
Wayne serves as chief executive officer of Shotgun Creek lnvestments, LLC, which invests in a variety of private equity projects. He began a telecommunications career at McCaw Cellular Communications lnc. in 1976, serving as primary legal officer, then general counsel, president, and finally vice chairman.
Wayne is part of the ownership group that purchased the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team, essentially saving it from leaving Seattle. He serves on the board of directors of Baseball of Seattle lnc., the managing general partner of the Mariners.
He and his wife, Christine, are the parents of four Eagle Scout sons: Kevin, Gregory, Douglas, and Justin
The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee announced it has chosen Wayne Brock as the next Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. On Sept. 1, 2012, he’ll take office and become just the 12th chief in the BSA’s 102 years.
Brock, an Eagle Scout, currently serves as Deputy Chief Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer.
He began his professional Scouting career in 1972 as a district executive in New Bern, N.C., and then served on the staff in Knoxville, Tenn.
Brock also served as Scout executive in Athens, Ga.; Scout executive in Orlando, Fla.; regional director of the Southern Region; and as assistant Chief Scout Executive.
Brock is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award, and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University.
He and his wife, Ernestine, have a grown son and one granddaughter.
The Chief Scout Executive is the top paid professional in Scouting. He isn’t the most-public face of Scouting — that distinction goes to the Scouts themselves — but he serves an invaluable role in guiding the massive Scouting movement into the future.
If the BSA were a corporation, the Chief Scout Executive would be our CEO.
|Tico Perez became the BSA's national commissioner in
May 2008. Tico is the founder of Tico Perez Solutions, a
consulting firm specializing in business, government, and
He is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, Distinguished Eagle Scout, and Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service awards. He is also a James E. West Fellow.
Tico has served in Scouting as a council president, area president, the Southern Region president, and in a variety of other local, regional, and national responsibilities. He is passionate about multicultural markets and serving disadvantaged youth.
Tico has been involved in Scouting for more than 39 years and credits much of his leadership training to the lessons learned while a lodge and section chief in the Order of the Arrow. With his leadership, we anticipate taking our vision to the next level in providing quality program experiences for every youth involved in Scouting.
The National Key 3 will work to lead 1,100 National Council employees, 5,800 local council employees, and almost 1.2 million adult volunteers who serve more than 2.6 million youth across the nation.
No shock that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is making headlines again.
But what may surprise you is why: She just joined the global Scouting movement as a volunteer with the U.K. Scout Association.
The “other” Scouting magazine, which serves 400,000 boys and girls involved with Scouting in the U.K., features Kate in a cover story for its February-March issue, due out next week. Check out the cover at left. Sure beats People or Vogue, if you ask me.
Kate will join 40,000 female Scouters in the U.K. Her plans include volunteering with Scout units near the royal couple’s home in north Wales, recruiting additional Scouters, and traveling the country to lead activities relevant to her skills and interests.
Bear Grylls, star of Man vs. Wild and U.K. Chief Scout, shared this reaction with U.K. Scouting magazine:
“The duchess has an incredibly busy life,” he said, “which makes it all the more inspiring that she has chosen to volunteer alongside us. Over the past few years it has been our mission to make it easier for adults to give as much or as little as they are able. It is how we change our society: many people doing a little bit.”
That “many hands make light work” message is one that resonates in the U.S.
The vast majority of American Scouters gladly give much more than the “hour a week” they were promised, but it’s important to remind the fence-sitters you know that attending just two or three events a year is a step in the right direction.
Scout units are flexible, and they’d rather see a Scouter once every two months than not at all.
Plus, if a royal duchess can do it, surely a busy adult you know can find an opportunity to make a difference with a pack, troop, team, or crew.
U.K. Scouting interviewed British Scouter Heather Baker, 29, who reiterated that message.
“The demands of modern life often mean it’s harder for people to find time to volunteer,” she says. “The role I’ve just taken on is shared between four adults to make it work.”
How can you use this news to recruit Scouters in your area?
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